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Off My Mind: Is Spider-Man Killing His Loved Ones?
by Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero on
By using his spider-sense, is he messing with fate and destiny?
One of Spider-Man's powers is his spider-sense. Somehow he gained the power to be warned of immediate danger around him. How this works could be similar to some sort of precognition abilities. By using them, is he messing with the fabric of the universe?
Fabric of the universe, sounds heavy, I know. There are people who believe everything happens for a reason. Life is all about fate and destiny. What if when Spider-Man uses his spider-sense to avoid a punch or bullet, he's changing the course of what was meant to be? By changing the course of his destiny to his advantage, are those around him paying the price from Spider-Man constantly changing what was meant to be?
== TEASER ==
The recent Amazing Spider-Man #655 serves as a reminder of all those in Spider-Man and Peter Parker's life that have met an unfortunate end. The deaths of Gwen Stacy or Mattie Franklin are clearly a result from their association to Spider-Man. The death of other characters like Uncle Ben, Ned Leeds or even Jean DeWolf don't appear directly to be the result of direct actions against Spider-Man but maybe Fate is taking their lives just because they were part of Spider-Man's life.
We've seen different versions of the Grim Reaper in all media but it's usually the case that when it's time to go, it's time to go. If Spider-Man's been cheating death or injuries that could lead to his eventual death, the Reaper wouldn't be too happy. It could be Death's way of getting back at Spider-Man by claiming the lives of innocents around him. If this was the case, it could be argued that Death itself was changing what was fated to be but maybe it's just really pissed off at Spider-Man and is willing to break the rules to get to him. Even in Spider-Man: Reign, Death played a cruel joke on him. In this future reality, Peter and Mary Jane were still together. Mary Jane's death was because of Spider-Man. The cruel trick was she died of cancer due to the radioactivity in Peter's body and being intimate with him for so many years.
Is there another hero that has had so many people close to them die for one reason or another? Spider-Man's always used his spider-senses without a thought. He may have recently lost those senses but most likely will get them back. If using this ability is risking the lives of those around him, maybe it would be best for them that he never regains the ability to use them again.